This image two of Blood Brothers I have staged to show the music before I attach it to the background. My original idea was to attach two photos of me and my two brothers. The first image placed at the beginning of the artwork would have been an early childhood image with me holding Jeff the youngest. Then at the end of the artwork I planned to place a recent image of us three brothers. The more I thought about this artwork and the great time being spent on its creation, I decided to eliminated the photos. I do not produce a lot of artworks in a year. A personalize artwork would hurt its meaning. The theme of this artwork, the bond of brothers, is universal. I left the photos out of this project and instead changed the white color of the music’s disks.
Instead of photographs representing my brothers, I picked three different colors to represent we three brothers. For the top section of the artwork I painted all the disks blue. That color represents my brother Jeff, and the color of Chevrolet blue, that is his business over many years. The middle color is a violet color to represent Roger. Violet is a color band from the Rainbow flag. Finally, I choose a red color for me. I have always signed my artworks in red. That comes from Frank Lloyd Wright’s signature. I did a paint test of these three colors. I went with the artistic norm of the day and painted them in plastic solid colors. Solid shades of color that I call baby colors did not look to be a part of the artwork. Changing my mind, I took a damp cloth to remove the paint. I stopped when my random removal of paint resulted in a look that worked with the artwork. I then took a file and scraped each note hastily. I then lightly sanded each disk. Last, I applied a light-colored glaze that matched the note color. There is some thought behind why I damaged the paint.
This art made a breakthrough with the artwork, Will the Circle by unbroken (rejected this year, my the Trout Museum SECURA exhibition). I gave that artwork a rough worn look that I thought better represented the story of this classic country song, and early Country Music. I continued that look and idea of that theme with Blood Brothers I think the lyrics of this song tells a story of struggle, personal flaws, and faith in a family no matter the shortcomings or misunderstandings. Maybe this music speaks to life full of complicated conflicts. That is what this artwork reflects in its lack of exhibition quality prettiness. No bright, perfect art here. There is enough of that crap out there already. Here you find bits of the truth in canvas, wood and paint. This art’s meaning is in the emotions of seeing that first paint scratch on your shiny new car, the red wine spilled on white linen, that decision you should have never made, or the perfect life, that you never had. Each morning we pick up the pieces of ourselves, and press on. So it is with this artwork.
Scott Von Holzen.